Bentley To Chase Pikes Peak Production Car Record With Continental GT

Bentley will head to this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in an attempt to set a new production car record.

The British car manufacturer took the Bentayga to Pikes Peak last year and set an SUV record in the process. This year, Bentley will bring with it the latest Continental GT and chase glory with Pikes Peak legend Rhys Millen behind the wheel.

The Continental GT is not the first car that comes to mind when thinking about performance production car records. Sure, it uses a twin-turbo W12 engine with 626 hp and 663 lb-ft (900 Nm) of torque, but it also happens to weight in excess of 2200 kg (4850 lbs). It is nevertheless quite brisk off the line thanks to its use of an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel drive, but running up Pikes Peak is a lot more difficult than flooring the throttle in a straight line.

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has long been one of the most challenging motorsport events anywhere in the world. Very few companies bring production-car based vehicles to the event and even fewer road-going cars ever run up the mountain. In fact, the production car record was once held by the 2014 Range Rover Sport with a time of 12:35.61. The Continental GT certainly has a chance of dipping below the 10-minute mark, as the Bentayga recorded a time of 10:49.9.

Speaking about his involvement in the record attempt, Rhys Millen said he was very excited.

“When I learned of Bentley’s plans to compete at Pikes Peak for a second time, the decision to work together again was an easy one.

“The Continental GT and its W12 provide us with the perfect platform to begin chasing a new record, and I am looking forward to once again being part of the Bentley Motorsport team that will prepare the car over the coming months.”

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  • Kagan

    They ain’t production car, they are twisted.

    • Matt

      Yes the Bentayga was a production car – only mandatory safety equipment such as seats and roll cage were added. Otherwise the same specifications as customers can buy.

      • Vassilis

        Hadn’t they removed some things to make it lighter?

        • Matt

          I’ve seen the car in person – the only thing they removed that I can see were the rear seats to accommodate (and offset) the roll cage. Some interior trim was also modified to allow the cage to fit but it still has complete dashboard and even boot carpets.

          • benT

            seems to me the car is so completely integrated that if you remove the carpet, the distributor will fail.

  • javier

    that race was way better when it had a dirt surface. A bentley. lol

    • europeon

      Nothing wrong with that. Bentley has an impressive racing history.

  • Vassilis

    Not many truly fast production cars have had a go, have they?

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